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Hanoi (VNA) – A 5.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the southern Philippines on April 16, less than one week after the region was hit by a 6.0 quake.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake, which struck at 4:46 am (local time), had its epicenter 12 kilometres to the west of Wao town in Lanao del Sur province while its hypocenter was at a depth of five kilometers.


Although there is yet any report on damage following the earthquake, the Phivolcs said that there could be a number of aftershocks.

The 6.0 quake one week ago destroyed dozens of houses and forced locals to flee to safe shelters. It was felt in 16 cities and towns in the south, including major urban centres like Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

The Philippines is in the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In February, a strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook Surigao city in the southern region, killing and injuring more than 100 people.-VNA